November 18, 2017

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Fusenews: Posthuman Pooh

Today on the Fusenews we begin with a mystery. Help me out here, gentle readers, I need your crowdsourced wisdom to solve a query for the ages. Every week I get my new copy of Publishers Weekly and settle down during my lunch break to read it cover to cover. It is one of my […]

Video Sunday: Smooth Brains

Over at Read-Aloud Revival they hosted two of my favorite people in conversation. Honestly if you could just give Jeanne Birdsall and N.D. Wilson their own talk show, I would be first in line to be in the studio audience. Here’s how they described this talk at Anderson’s Bookshops: Jeanne and N.D. are good friends, […]

The Best Bear in All the World by Paul Bright, Brian Sibley, Jeanne Willis & Kate Saunders | SLJ Review

BRIGHT, Paul, Brian Sibley, Jeanne Willis, & Kate Saunders. The Best Bear in All the World. illus. by Mark Burgess. 128p. ebook available. Dutton. Oct. 2016. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9780399187476.

Gr 2-5 –As Winnie-the-Pooh turns 90 years old, four respected children’s authors have imagined entertaining new adventures for the iconic bear and his friends. Echoing the voice of A.A. Milne and illustrated in the style of E.H. Shepard, this new volume invites readers to “join Winnie-the-Pooh for a year […]

Grants, New Tools—and Fab Fashion | News Bites

Our roundup of news briefs includes grant and scholarship opportunities, an incredible fashion archive, and a new friend for Pooh.

Fusenews: Dem-o-gorgon or Dem-a-gorgon?

Morning, poppins! Yesterday, for the first time in a long while, I submitted a Video Sunday for your approval.  Trouble is, I may have failed to mention one of the most fascinating videos out there with a tie-in to books for kids, so I’d like to rectify the situation today. The title of the article […]

Fusenews: “I was at dog church!”

First and foremost, this: That would be Kadir Nelson’s tribute to the Schomburg Library in NYC. A couple things to note about it.  First, in an amazing bit of research you can see that he includes both the old Schomburg Library (now overrun with ivy) and the new Schomburg together at the bottom.  Second, the […]

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall | SLJ Review

MATTICK, Lindsay. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. illus. by Sophie Blackall. 56p. Little, Brown. Oct. 2015. Tr ISBN 9780316324908. LC 2014041128.
K-Gr 3–This sweet tale of the black bear that inspired the legendary children’s book character Winnie-the-Pooh will resonate with readers. In the framing story, a mother tells her son, Cole, a bedtime tale about how veterinarian Harry Colebourn, a young Canadian soldier on his way to train and fight in Europe during World War […]

Fusenews: Containing the only Newbery 4th of July Float I’ve Ever Seen

Mm. Double quick time Fusenews today, I should think. All the goodness. Less of the commentary. As such . . . What is the scariest children’s film of all time? If you mentioned a particular film that involved decapitated heads and Wheelers, this link’s for you. I’m not a teacher so I had no idea […]

Fusenews: Sweet Uncanny Valley High

Of all the most deserving, least lauded children’s book awards out there, my favorite might be The Phoenix Awards.  “The award, given to a book originally published in the English language, is intended to recognize books of high literary merit. The Phoenix Award is named after the fabled bird who rose from its ashes with […]

Review of the Day: Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear By Lindsay Mattick Illustrated by Sophie Blackall $18.00 ISBN: 978-0-316-32490-8 Ages 4-7 On shelves October 20th What is it with bears and WWI?  Aw, heck.  Let’s expand that question a tad.  What is it with adorable animals and WWI?  Seems these days no matter […]

Review of the Day – Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear That Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh By Sally M. Walker Illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss Henry Holt (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0805097153 Ages 4-7 On shelves now I worked in close proximity to the real Winnie-the-Pooh for five years. From 2006 to 2011 he was a daily delight. To […]

Fusenews: On the bocce ball court with a banjo

In the realm of “How crazy is this?” I have a whopper of a weirdo story.  As you may or may not know, for many years I worked with the delightful Winnie-the-Pooh toys in the Children’s Center at 42nd Street.  Because the toys originally hailed from Britain I become well and truly familiar with folks […]

Baseball, Bears, Bees, and Tu B’Shevat | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

These picture books examine groundbreaking baseball player Lizzie Murphy, the true story of the bear that inspired A.A. Milne’s classic “Winnie-the-Pooh” stories, and a gorgeous, seasonal look at Jewish holidays.

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